Crazy as Pinoy, the sensational hip-hop group known for its chart-topping hit “Panaginip,” is making a highly anticipated comeback, sending waves of excitement through the music industry and its dedicated fan base.
The group’s iconic track “Panaginip” became an instant hit in the early 2000s, capturing the hearts of listeners nationwide with its catchy beats and thought-provoking lyrics. The song’s success catapulted Crazy as Pinoy to the forefront of the music scene, establishing them as a force to be reckoned with.
After a period of hiatus, Crazy as Pinoy is returning to the spotlight, ready to unleash the group’s musical prowess once again. Its comeback signifies a triumphant resurgence, as they bring their signature style and unique sound back to the airwaves.
Back in the early 2000s, there was a very popular rap battle competition within the noontime show, Eat Bulaga. It was called “RapPublic of the Philippines.” It was a clash of aspiring Filipino rap artists and the exceptional contestants were mentored by the late Master Rapper, Francis Magalona. Championing the competition was a trio from Marikina who called themselves Triangulo but would eventually become the hitmaking and now “comebacking” Hip-hop group known as “Crazy as Pinoy.”
To acknowledge its being Pinoy, the members got their individual screen names from popular characters of Jose Rizal’s Noli Me Tangere. They are Lordivino Ignacio also known as Basilyo, Muriel Anne Jamito, Sisa, and Jeffrey Pilien, Crispin.
Under the guidance of Francis M., “Crazy as Pinoy” was able to record their songs in two volumes of “RapPublic of the Philippines” albums. Their hits include “Panaginip,” “Huwad,” and “Crazy Dance.”
In the mid-2000s, the group continued creating songs and allowed each other to pursue solo careers in the music industry.
Basilyo made it big with his hit song “Lord Patawad.” He is now a full-fledged actor and has started with Coco Martin in TV series such as FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano and currently Batang Quiapo. He also composed songs for TV and movies, Vendetha, Cardo Dalisay, 3pol Trobol Huli Ka Balbon, and Jack Em Popoy: The Puliscredibles, to name a few.
Sisa, the powerful voice behind the hit “Panaginip,” excelled behind the scenes as a composer for commercial jingles and written songs for popular artists. She did “Di Ba Halata” for Toni Gonzaga, “Ngumiti Ka Lang” for Lyka Gairanod, and “Di Ka Man Lang Nagpaalam” for Juan Karlos Labajo. Her biggest honor so far in the “theme song category” is the song “Di Ka Nag-lisa,” which was one of the hit themes for FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano sung by Regine Velasquez. It bagged an Awit Award for Best Song Written for Movie/TV/Stage.
Crispin continued numerous collaborations with various hip-hop artists and has created viral hits such as “Misyon” with Barakojuan and Marikina All-Star, “Minahal Kita Agad” with Bullet, Duff Uno, and Jeremiah Toribio. He is also the ambassador of Crazy as Pinoy to the hip-hop community, making sure that the group is still being acknowledged and represented in the hip-hop scene and helping future emerging rap artists.
This year, Crazy as Pinoy decided to regroup and impart new songs for Gen Z’s. Coincidentally, a clamor for a reunion performance of their iconic song, “Panaginip” came about.
Wish 107.5 granted the request and to date their YouTube performance on the Wish bus has already garnered 14 million views since February. The big return of “Panaginip” to the airwaves proved to be a good sign for the comeback of Crazy as Pinoyand solidified its plan to band together again.
With new management, Blvck Entertainment at its back, the group is claiming that it’s going to be an explosive year of new songs and projects.
The group’s first single under Blvck Music is a 2023 version of “Panaginip” plus an official music video helmed by acclaimed director, Titus Cee.
“Panaginip 2023” is included in Crazy as Pinoy’s new digital album and is now available on music streaming platforms: Spotify, Apple Music, iTunes, Amazon, Deezer, Medianet, Boomplay, YouTube Music. — Nickie Wang
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